I am constantly reminded how lucky we are. Amara and her Mommy and Daddy are only one mile from us. We can pretty much see them whenever we want. I’ve written before about how being so close by means lots of ordinary sleepovers. This has been much more than an ordinary sleepover, it has been an ordinary week. A week that included getting to spend a lot of time with Amara and her Mommy doing ordinary stuff. Seriously, everything is more fun when being done by three generations!
Our week included a trip to Old Navy where the young lady running the fitting room asked where we were visiting from? We were having too much fun. We couldn’t be locals we had to be on vacation shopping. We really do have fun when we are out.
I also got to go with Jenna to her doctor’s appointment. I love going with them and keeping Amara company while Mommy is with the doctor. She brought her sketchpad along and in between drawings she told me stories about My Little Ponies. Just girl talk, nothing special (just the best part of being a Grandma).
We left there and headed to the grocery store. Shopping with Jenna and Amara is so much more fun than shopping alone. Amara picked out cookies that we would have for dessert that night and Jenna struck up a wonderful conversation with a lady in frozen foods who was buying ice cream Drumsticks for her 95 year old Father who “eats one every evening and has perfect cholesterol and blood pressure!”
Later that day Amara’s Daddy dropped her off at our house after Tae Kwon Do. She was very excited as she has another belt test (purple) next Friday. She had fun showing us her forms but she was anxious to go see if the girls were home and if they wanted to come over and get wet. It was after 6 PM and cooling off but she was pretty hot from TKD and wanted to cool off. The girls were there, suits were grabbed, tubs were filled, squirt guns were loaded and they had a blast.
But could they come inside and play? While they were all certain they were dry and if they weren’t that they could just stand up I did make everyone go home and change into dry clothes first. They were all so well behaved but they weren’t quiet! They were 4 squealing girls! Playing games inside was a bit more difficult than playing outside. It is hard to find a game to play that would work for an 11 year old and for a 5-year-old but it didn’t really matter. The girls were really more interested in seeing the house – and seeing Amara’s toys. The little ones even played with my windup ladybug collection. They were all fascinated with the calendar of Amara that hangs outside the office. Later that night Amara suggested we make them one from all the pictures I have taken but we have decided we are going to make them a photo book instead and order a second copy for Amara to keep! Don’t tell them.
They/we played until 8:30 when we finally walked the girls home with flashlights and glow in the dark torches in hand. It wasn’t dark yet but it made it more fun. We had a late dinner and watched part of a movie. Amara was off to bed at 10 PM and sound asleep by 10:01. We didn’t hear another peep until 8:30 the next morning!
She needed that good night’s sleep as we had plans! Sunday was her Daddy’s birthday but we were starting the celebration a day early by making him and Mommy a special late morning breakfast. We really do have fun cooking together and breakfast has become one of our most favorite things to do. We were going to make Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole – a recipe her Mom had suggested. It was the perfect recipe as Amara could do 99% of it under my watchful eye. She had a blast cutting up the canned cinnamon rolls with the pizza cutter, beating the eggs with cream and more cinnamon and dumping all of this on top. She even drizzled the icing over it after it cooled. My only real job was to get it in and out of the oven. Oh, and to make the bacon and keep Amara and Grampy from trying to steal it before Mommy and Daddy arrived! Our breakfast was wonderful and it was a great start to her Daddy’s birthday weekend.
We did all of this together this week. Nothing ordinary about any of it!
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